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Eric Church's new album, The Outsiders, comes out Feb. 11.

Read First Listen: Eric Church, 'The Outsiders'

February 2, 2014 – As fun as his bold declarations can be, the country star's depth comes from his ruminative side.

Thumpers' new album, Galore, comes out Feb. 11.

Read First Listen: Thumpers, 'Galore'

February 2, 2014 – The London duo is committed to the idea that the world is a sprawling family in a tiny neighborhood.

Cibo Matto's new album, Hotel Valentine, comes out Feb. 14.

Read First Listen: Cibo Matto, 'Hotel Valentine'

February 2, 2014 – For their first album together in 14 years, Miho Hatori and Yuka C. Honda showcase their evolution.

Tinariwen's new album, Emmaar, comes out Feb. 11.

Listen First Listen: Tinariwen, 'Emmaar'

February 2, 2014 – How do the premier ambassadors of Saharan soul navigate a dangerous time in their home nation?

Temples' new album, Sunstructures, is out Feb. 11.

Read First Listen: Temples, 'Sun Structures'

February 2, 2014 – The young English band weaves '60s inspirations into crazy-beautiful, richly idiosyncratic music.

Hurray for the Riff Raff's new album, Small Town Heroes, comes out Feb. 11.

Listen First Listen: Hurray For The Riff Raff, 'Small Town Heroes'

February 2, 2014 – Alynda Lee Segarra's kind, mellow voice tells us to rip up what we know and start again.


Sweetheart 2014 comes out Feb. 4.

Read First Listen: 'Sweetheart 2014'

January 26, 2014 – Hear famous love songs performed by Fiona Apple, Vampire Weekend, Beck, Valerie June and more.

Jeremy Messersmith's new album, Heart Murmurs, comes out Feb. 4.

Read First Listen: Jeremy Messersmith, 'Heart Murmurs'

January 26, 2014 – The singer-songwriter's new album is no less than an attempt to craft a new batch of pop standards.

Marissa Nadler's new album, July, comes out Feb. 4.

Read First Listen: Marissa Nadler, 'July'

January 26, 2014 – On her sixth album, the Bostonian singer-songwriter gets darker and more sinister than ever before.

Gina Chavez's new album, Up.Rooted, comes out Feb. 15.

Read First Listen: Gina Chavez, 'Up.Rooted'

January 26, 2014 – In English or in Spanish, Chavez captures a healthy dose of American soul, country and rock music.

CEO's new album, Wonderland, comes out Feb. 4.

Read First Listen: CEO, 'Wonderland'

January 26, 2014 – Wonderland is soothing and fun, but it also speaks to isolation and a delicate search for meaning.

Robert Ellis' new album, The Lights From the Chemical Plant, comes out Feb.11.

Read First Listen: Robert Ellis, 'The Lights From The Chemical Plant'

January 26, 2014 – You'll hear the influence of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, and a bit of Rodney Crowell's sparkle.

Actress' new album, Ghettoville, comes out Jan. 28.

Read First Listen: Actress, 'Ghettoville'

January 24, 2014 – Actress focuses on the space surrounding each lethargic drum hit, as he revels in lo-fi glitches.

The Autumn Defense's new album, Fifth, comes out Jan. 28.

Read First Listen: The Autumn Defense, 'Fifth'

January 19, 2014 – The pop-rock band's songs can seem unassuming, but they also burrow under the skin over time.

Dum Dum Girls' new album, Too True, comes out Jan. 28.

Read First Listen: Dum Dum Girls, 'Too True'

January 19, 2014 – The band made its name on primitivism, only to demolish the expectations it created for itself.

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